Show ContentsRandell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Randell is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name Randel. In this case the surname Randell was a diminutive of the personal name Rand, a short form of various German names with the first element rand meaning shield or wolf. [1]

Alternatively, the name was derived from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Randolph,' from the nickname Randle. As such, the earliest records of the family were as a forename as in Randle de Arclet, Cheshire, temp. 1290. [2]

Early Origins of the Randell family

The surname Randell was first found in the parish of Ladock in Cornwall. "Hay, which was formerly deemed a genteel residence, was successively a seat of the families of Randyll, Tregain, and Bone." [3]

Early History of the Randell family

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Randell Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Randell include Randall, Rendle, Randal, Rendel, Rendell and others.

Early Notables of the Randell family

Notables of the family at this time include John Randall (1570-1622), English divine, born at Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire who was sent at the early age of eleven to St. Mary Hall, Oxford, where he matriculated on 27 Nov. 1581. He was elected a fellow of Lincoln College on 6 July 1587. "On the occasion of Queen Elizabeth's visit to Oxford, in August 1592, Randall was appointed to 'frame and oversee the stage for the academical performance given' in her honour." [4] William Randall (fl. 1598) was an English musician and is included by Meres in his list of England's 'excellente musitians.'John...
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Randell Ranking

In the United States, the name Randell is the 7,377th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [5] However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Randell is ranked the 68th most popular surname with an estimated 388 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Randell family to Ireland

Some of the Randell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Randell migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Randell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Marke Randell, who landed in New England in 1662 [7]

Canada Randell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Randell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

Australia Randell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Randell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Randell, British Convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for life , transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • Mr. Henry Randell, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 13th August 1827, sentenced for life for housebreaking and stealing 3 shirts, transported aboard the ship "Vittoria" on 26th August 1828 to New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Josiah Randell, (b. 1786), aged 47 born in Truro, Cornwall, UK convicted in Middlesex on 3rd January 1833, sentenced for 14 years for stealing trowels, transported aboard the ship "Emperor Alexander" in 1833 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [11]
  • William Richard Randell, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837 [12]
  • Thomas George Randell, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837 [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Randell migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Randell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Randell, (b. 1861), aged 17, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [13]
  • Henry J. Randell, aged 13, a farmer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Randell (post 1700) +

  • Ronald Egan "Ron" Randell (1918-2005), Australian-born American film and stage actor, known for his roles in Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1947), Kiss Me Kate (1953), I Am a Camera (1955), Most Dangerous Man Alive (1961) and King of Kings (1961).
  • W. M. Randell, American politician, Representative from Ohio 5th District, 1880 [14]
  • Frank E. Randell, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, 1920 [14]
  • Choice Boswell Randell (1857-1945), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from Texas, 1901-13 [14]
  • William Richard Randell (1824-1911), nicknamed "Captian Randell," an Australian politician and pioneer, born in Devon, England; a pioneer of the riverboat industry on the River Murray and represented the Electoral district of Gumeracha in the South Australian House of Assembly from 1893 to 1899.
  • Taine Randell (b. 1974), former New Zealand rugby union player
  • Stephen Grant "Steve" Randell (b. 1956), former Australian Test cricket match umpire, the first from Tasmania
  • Lynne Randell (1949-2007), English-born, Australian pop singer who in the mid-1960s was Australia's most popular female performer with hits like "Heart" and "Goin' Out of My Head" in 1966, and "Ciao Baby" in 1967.
  • George Randell (1830-1915), Australian businessman and politician, Member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia (1875-1878)
  • Beverley Randell (b. 1931), New Zealand children's author
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HMS Royal Oak
  • Hector Randell, British Ordnance Artificer with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [15]
SS Newfoundland
  • Mr. Joseph Randell (b. 1862), Newfoundlander from Bonavista, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he survived

The Randell Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil extra numerum
Motto Translation: Nothing out of time.

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  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  9. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 4th March 2021 from
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  12. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARTLEY 1837. Retrieved from
  13. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  14. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from
  15. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook